The Living Wage for Families Campaign has just launched the Port Coquitlam campaign website to let the Port Coquitlam Mayor and Council know we support their leadership in becoming a Living Wage Employer.
It is important that the City of Port Coquitlam shows leadership on the issue of working poverty. We look to our local governments to help raise the bar — to set a higher standard.
A living wage policy would stipulate that all directly employed city staff, as well staff working in businesses contracted by the city to provide services, would be paid a living wage.
We all want Port Coquitlam to be a livable and sustainable place, especially for our children.
However, for many families who work for low wages, our city is an inhospitable place. We often hear about Metro Vancouver’s affordability problem, but we rarely hear about the flip side to this problem: Metro Vancouver’s low-wage problem. High living expenses and low wages mean that thousands of working families are living in poverty in Port Coquitlam.
Port Coquitlam has a child poverty rate of 17%. Truly livable cities are places where everyone can cover their basic living expenses.
The City of Port Coquitlam has done incredible work in moving the issue of the living wage forward. We want them to know that they have our support in taking the next step, by certifying as a Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage for Families Campaign.